[Beyond PlayStation] Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! Review
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! from Daylight Studios and Rising Star Games is a management sim in which you take over a ratter peculiar store. Learn more in our Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! review!
In Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! you take control of Patatalata Kartoffel P. Ardappel Papa (or P.K.P.A.P for short) who is the grandson of Batata, the legendary potato smith (yes, potato, hence the name of the game). You have inherited your grandfather’s blacksmith shop and must deal with Agent 46 who claims he was Batata’s partner, and that he owned 99.9% of the shop. Your task will be to make the most of your new 0.01% weapon shop ownership so that you can earn lots of $tarch, which is the in-game currency.
As for the game’s controls, you move your cursor with the left analog stick and can pan the camera around with the right analog stick. The ZR button is for zooming in while the ZL button is for zooming out. The X button will open up your forge menu, while the Y button will open up the smith panel. You can confirm something/click with the A button. The – button is for opening notifications, while the + button is for boosting weapons. You can also perform the aforementioned actions by pressing on the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen as needed when playing in portable or tabletop mode.
After you select your name and the name of your shop, you will get to learn the basics in a short tutorial. You will get started with 500 $tarch as you try to make a name for yourself since no one knows about you just yet, so you’ll need to earn fame by selling weapons to the heroes who need them. Your first smith will be Laura Craft (wink-wink, nudge-nudge), a designer who is good at adding attack to weapons. Smiths can add attack, speed, accuracy and magic stats to weapons, so you will need to make the most of their special knack for this and that to maximize your potential revenue.
The game will then give you two more smiths and ask that you forge a dagger as your first test. Daggers, as is to be expected, are favored by thieves. You can use the ZL button and the D-Pad to select the hero clients to check their weapon preferences. Once you start the forging process, you will need to also take into consideration the stat preferences of your clients. Since thieves like speed, that is the stat that you will need to focus on to produce the finest dagger possible to keep your customers happy.
Making weapons is nice and all that, but you need to sell the weapons so that heroes can go out on quests to fight monsters and gain EXP so that they can level up. The more your weapons end up benefiting a hero, the more fame you will get, so you need to pay attention to the grade that a hero gives to your weapons so that you can make adjustments as needed. Once you’re ready to sell your weapons, you can travel to different locations to review the hero type you can find there so that you can review if they are a good match for your stock. Select the smith that will be traveling to the location to sell your weapons and wait until said smith reports back with the offered prices.
The lower right corner of the screen will showcase WhetsApp, a valuable tool that will inform you of all that is going on with your smiths and customers as well as giving you the chance to check some other news, so you should make a habit of reviewing it on a regular basis. Once you get an offer for your weapon, you can decide which hero to sell it to. One might offer more $tarch than the other, but you should also check the expected EXP gain for each one since when a hero levels up you will obtain fame.
You will need to purchase materials to be able to continue crafting new weapons, so be sure to pay attention to what materials are needed for making the weapons that your clients in each location like so that you don’t end up buying items that will only cost you $tarch and that you won’t be able to put to good use to make weapons of great quality you can sell for a good profit. You also need to keep an eye on your finances since come payday you need to have enough money to pay your smiths, or you will get a visit from the guild. The guild knows that artisans are bot the best at keeping their spending in check, so if you make a mistake, they will bail you out and give you a grant so that you can carry on. Fail two more times, and your store will be no more.
There are a ton of video game related puns in the game, with nods to beloved franchises such as Hitman, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Street Fighter, as well as pop culture with referenced to famous wrestlers, actors, musicians – Batman, Trigun, Johny Bravo, Nicolas Tesla, KFC, Dragon Ball, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men, Star Wars, and a ton more.
You have plenty of things to do in this game. You have 57 goals to complete, 31 unique smiths to hire, 22 areas to unlock, 34 materials to find, 32 enchantments, 31 relics, 19 decorations, 17 special decorations, 60 heroes to sell to, 17 legendary heroes to sell to, and six legendary smiths to hire. It’s a varied list that will certainly keep you busy during the dozens of hours you will spend playing the game. You can also take on contracts that ask that you craft a weapon with a specific total for each stat, all in a set amount of time. Since you can’t boost the stats of weapons for contracts, you will need to level up your smiths, so you don’t take on contracts you will end up failing.
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! is a very fun and addictive sim game that will keep you busy for dozens of ours as you craft hundreds of weapons to helo heroes level up a ton. The gameplay mechanics are easy to understand, and the gameplay cycle will keep you coming back for more. I highly recommend that you get Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! on Nintendo Switch today!
This Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Rising Star Games.